Breweries weren’t the only thing we did in Chicago! In fact I feel like we saw and did so much we hardly had a chance to delve into the food scene!
We flew in on the fourth of July, and after checking-in to the Warwick Allerton Hotel we headed directly toward Navy Pier for the firework show. That idea was short lived however. As we approached the pier officers and staff started shouting at the massive crowd that the pier was at max capacity and they would not be allowing anyone else in. With that, we decided to bag the firework show and packed streets and instead find a place to grab a bite to eat. We happened upon Bub City. A BBQ joint that has country karaoke with a live band on Tuesdays!
Wednesday was the big day and our main purpose for going to Chi-town! Wrigley field. My husband is a huge baseball fan and it’s his dream to visit all the iconic stadiums (this trip was originally planned as a surprise for his 30th birthday but our daughter was born a month before, so the trip was pushed back to his 31st birthday). Wrigley was just how we imagined it to be. Steeped in culture, filled with enthusiastic fans decked out in head-to-toe cubs gear, and vendors singing songs while throwing out hog dogs or pouring beer.
On Thursday we had breakfast at Yolk and then hit Gold Coast beach. Soft, white sand, a beach bar, gorgeous blue water, and chairs for rent. My kind of day. Relaxing and soaking in the sun. AJ, however can’t take lying on beach for long before he starts to get antsy and quite frankly annoying. Asking every 2 minutes how much longer “we have to do this.” I got about 3 hours out of him before I gave in and said we could go. We took our time walking back to the hotel and hit up a few shops before getting ready for ‘adults night out’ at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Once a month in the summer the zoo closes it doors early and re-opens them at 6pm for, you guessed it, adults only. Complete with bands, entertainment, free carousel rides, and bars stationed throughout. What a way to experience the zoo!
We weren’t ready to end the night just yet! We swung by the hotel, changed, and headed back out to find the speakeasy, Three Dots and a Dash. Beyond anything I expected to be in the ally!
Friday morning we visited Millennium Park before embarking on our bicycle brewery tour (you can read the full post here), capped off with deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
Saturday morning we headed down to the riverwalk to hang out before boarding the Chicago First Lady for our river cruise. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and schooled us on the history of Chicago while showing us the sights.
The cruise ended at about 3pm which left us plenty of time to hit up one more spot before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. I had saw Cindy’s rooftop on Thrillist as a must see and do spot so we figured we should check it out. We stepped into the lobby of the Athletic Club and immediately knew we must be in for a treat because the line was 30 deep and controlled by an usher just to get onto the elevator to head up to Cindy’s. Don’t let the line scare you off if you visit though. Once off the elevator we headed outside to the patio where bartenders served up craft cocktails with a view.
We ended the day, and our last night with dinner at The Franklin Room, which AJ and I would both highly recommend. Excellent service, food, and cocktails in a swanky little underground environment. Then it was off to find another secret speakeasy! We landed at The Drifter which is located by entering the Green Door Tavern. If you were following my snapchats you saw AJ and I walk through the bar, down the stairs toward the restrooms, and enter through a secret bookcase door. The lights are dimmed, the menu is written on tarot cards, and a random act comes out on the hour, every hour and provides entertainment. Which is absolutely genius because you end up staying there for hours because you HAVE to know what is coming up next!! If it weren’t for an early flight I would have stayed until they kicked us out!
It was a fabulous trip! Thanks Chicago!